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Hospitality industry veterans, Max Trujillo and Matthew Weiss, get behind the scenes of North Carolina's burgeoning food and beverage culture. Hear from local chefs, sommelier's, distillers, farmers, brewers and the whole lot of them in the NC F&B podcast. 

"Our intention is to create a behind-the-scenes conversation between industry professionals. Whether we are speaking with an advanced level sommelier about their wine program or a chef about breaking down an entire pig, we just want the conversation to be real, unedited and honest. The food and beverage world is a unique industry, and North Carolina's food scene is growing everyday.

Take a listen. We hope to entertain, teach and inspire while offering some specific information about the NC food scene."

 -Max & Matt

Dec 29, 2016

In this episode, the whiskey professor Bernie Lubbers joins us to talk whiskey, bourbon, bottled in bond and a little bluegrass. Bernie Lubbers is the National Brand Ambassador for Heaven Hill Distilleries as well as an accomplished bluegrass guitarist. Bernie performs live at the Crunkleton and we weaved a few of his...

Dec 22, 2016

In Episode 8, the Chef episode, Max & Matt sit down with beer, bourbon & Angus Barn Executive Sous Chef Scott James & Plates Kitchen Executive Chef Chris Santucci to talk about kitchen life. Both Chefs once worked at Midtown Grille, a classic Raleigh establishment and where Host Max Trujillo was the General Manager for...

Dec 14, 2016

Episode 7 - Max & Matt welcome Jamie DeMent, co-owner of Piedmont Restaurant, Coon Rock Farms and Bella Bean Organics. Jamie gives an in-depth look at what it takes to be a true farm-to-fork restaurant as well as provide organic food from her farm, Coon Rock Farms. We talk about her upcoming cookbook as well as Bella...

Dec 1, 2016

In our first episode, we chat with former Umstead Hotel/Herons Restaurant Beverage Director, Hai Tran. Hai discusses his start in the industry, how he became a sommelier and how his Duke basketball career didn't quite pan out. Hai also announces his new position at the Rittenhouse Inn in Pennsylvania.

Dec 1, 2016

In this episode, we get to know one of our hosts, Matthew Weiss. He discusses how he got his start in the industry, living in Los Angeles and New York, his travels abroad and ordering wine for the family as a child.